Comparison of the protective effect of melatonin with other antioxidants in the hamster kidney model of estradiol-induced DNA damage

Published on Wednesday, 22 June 2016


17beta-Estradiol (E(2)) is a known carcinogen. Estrogen induction of tumors in hamster kidney is a model of estrogen-related carcinogenesis.

Melatonin is a well-known antioxidant, free radical scavenger and oncostatic agent.

Changes in the levels of 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodGuo), an index of DNA damage, were measured in kidneys, liver and testes from hamsters treated with E(2) (75mg/kg b.w.) and collected 5h later.

Potential protective effects of melatonin, N-acetylserotonin (NAS), indole-3-propionic acid (IPA) and ascorbic acid (AA) against E(2)-induced DNA damage were tested.

The antioxidants were applied in equimolar doses of 64.5 micromol/kg b.w., 2 and 0.5h before and 2 and 4h after E(2) treatment. E(2) treatment caused a significant increase in 8-oxodGuo levels in kidneys, but did not influence significantly the oxidation of guanine bases in liver and testes.

Melatonin, IPA and AA, but not NAS, completely prevented E(2)-induced DNA damage in hamster kidneys.

It is concluded that melatonin, IPA and AA may be effective in protecting against E(2)-related DNA damage and, consequently, carcinogenesis.


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